All registered psychologists, regardless of their status, sector or employment conditions, are legally bound by a professional code of ethics. This code outlines the main rules of conduct for psychologists.
The code offers psychologists a guide to practise in an ethically correct manner.
Why the Code of Ethics?
The protection of the general public: the code of conduct ensures better protection for clients against practices inappropriate in a psychologist-client relationship.
The Professionalization of the profession of psychologist: the ethos of a psychologist constitutes a system of values and standards for his or her professional conduct. By guaranteeing the quality of his services, the code contributes to the dignity and integrity of the psychologist profession.
The code in 5 pillars
Confidentiality (Articles 5 to 20): the psychologist acting as an essential confidential is bound by the law regarding confidentiality as described in Article 458 of the Penal Code. When a law, decree or ordinance allows or requires the psychologist to breach professional secrecy, he or she may only speak within the limits of these exceptions. If the psychologist's activity does not fall within the category of activities that require professional secrecy, he is still bound to be discrete.
Respect for the dignity and rights of the individual (articles 21 to 24): a psychologist must respect the rights of his client, in particular the rights of freedom, dignity, privacy, autonomy and integrity.
Responsibility (articles 25 to 29): a psychologist is responsible, regardless of his or her employment regulations, for choices made and for the advice given.
Competence (articles 30 to 34): a psychologist must maintain and improve his or her expertise. When reaching the limits of their skills, he must reflect critically on this.
Integrity and honesty (Articles 35 and 51): as a professional, a psychologist adopts an independent role. However, he may not pursue personal gain through professional practice. This principle restricts, among other things, the pursuit of profit, combination of roles and publicity by psychologists.
Privacy Statement Walking through...
Version 1, date of latest update 1/09/'20
General Data Protection Regulation GDPR
Christina Clark cares greatly about the protection of your personal data and processes your personal data with due care and attention. Personal data is all data that allows you to be identified as a person. Christina Clark abides by the legal provisions concerning the protection of personal data and the rights you have as a patient (including the new European regulation and the Patients' Rights Act). The personal and health data are processed by Christina Clark, Bunsbeekstraat 38 3300 Sint-Margriete-Houtem and are only processed for the purpose for which they were collected and only for as long as this is necessary for this purpose.
Purpose of processing
The personal data are processed by Christina Clark for the purpose of providing good healthcare, both in terms of prevention and in terms of diagnosis and treatment (AVG article 9.1.f). She will comply with the legal obligations imposed on her as healthcare provider (AVG article 6.1.c), and will be subject to professional confidentiality (or the obligation of confidentiality) (AVG article 9.3).
A number of personal data may further be used for the financial processing of your consultation but not for accounting purposes.
Certain data will also be collected for the purpose of scientific research. Some of these collaborations in scientific research take place within the framework of legal obligations and within the framework of public health.
Christina Clark offers consultations in one or more group practices. In certain cases (such as in a group practice) other staff members also have (limited) access to certain personal data, for example for making appointments. The purpose of this processing is to make the practice run more smoothly, and to give the psychologist sufficient time to devote to the patients (AVG Article 6.1.f). These staff members are also sworn to secrecy, and have no more access to your data than is strictly necessary for the execution of their duties. Other healthcare providers of the group practices are also bound by professional confidentiality, and will only have access to such data as is necessary to execute their part of the healthcare.
Your file must be kept for 30 years in line with the legal provisions. Other information that is not part of your file will be kept according to the time limits laid down by law or for no more than necessary to fulfil the purpose of the processing.
The data we process about you will only be shared in the context of your healthcare with other healthcare providers with whom you have a treatment relationship or otherwise shared anonymously. Only necessary information for your treatment will be shared by another healthcare provider.
If you have given your informed consent, this information will be made digitally available to other healthcare providers in a secure manner. Only if you enter into a treatment relationship with these healthcare providers will they have access to your data.
In the context of legal obligations such as reimbursements of care provided by insurance agencies, certain data will also be shared with your own healthcare insurance provider, or for uninsured patients with the Public Centre for Social Welfare (PCSW), with your own PCSW.
In case of participation in scientific research, data may also be processed. All processing is carried out by authorities that have dobtained the correct authorisations and permissions to process this data. These Data are pooled and all precautions are taken so that they cannot be traced back to individuals.
Your rights as a patient
You have the right to inspect your own personal data. You can request, view, correct and, if necessary, change these data. In certain cases, you may also ask for the processing of the data to be temporarily restricted. These requests can only be refused if they pose a serious threat to your health. A request to delete or restrict the processing of personal data can only be made if there are no legal obligations regarding the processing and retention periods of these data. You may submit requests for inspection of your file to your healthcare provider. If you have any questions or complaints, you can always contact your healthcare provider.
If you suspect a breach in the processing of your personal data and your healthcare provider is unable to provide a satisfactory explanation, you may file a complaint with the Data Protection Authority.
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